Meatfare Sunday for vegans. I might be doing it wrong. Today is traditionally the last day to eat meat until we celebrate Pascha on May 5, so while I was at the health food store the other day I picked up this weird peanut-based mock meat. Yes, PEANUT.
My family was having lasagna for dinner, so I decided to do something slightly resembling Italian.
I keep hearing how great coconut oil is, so I’m trying it out. I used it to saute these onions with lots of salt, black pepper, and a little basil.
I stirred in some fresh tomatoes, put the lid on and let them cook down on medium heat to make a sauce. Meanwhile…
A gluten free, soy free product.
The texture reminded me of Braunschweiger. That actually was a favorite of mine back in the day.
I decided to try to firm it up by cooking it in…more coconut oil.
It browned nicely, but still didn’t really firm up. Also, I tasted it before and after, and I think heating it brought out more of the peanut flavor. Strange.
Back to the sauce. After the tomatoes cooked down, I stirred in a couple tablespoons of flour,
then stirred in plain unsweetened almond milk a little at a time, until I had a nice thin sauce.
I added about 1/4 C couscous.
It got nice and creamy.
I was taking this to Tete’s house, so I just threw the “meat” on top.
I really liked the couscous, although I wish at the end I had added a little olive oil just for flavor.
As for the faux meat, I think I need to play around with it a little. The “fine herb” flavor I purchased didn’t seem to have quite enough fine herbs. I realized during dinner, I really should finish the other half of it tonight. I have four hours left to experiment, so I’ll post later if I can figure out what to do with it!